Oats is one of the most nutritious grains that’s available in plenty across the globe. It’s gluten free, full of fibre and loaded with some very important vitamins and minerals. It’s one of the most versatile ingredients! Its easy to cook, keeps us full for longer and most importantly pack a great flavour and texture.
Oats breakfast is simple and provides a healthy start to the day ! On this week’s “ways to serve a dish” Wednesday, lets focus on different ways of serving oats to our mini fussy eaters.
Here are a few of our favourite ways to serve oats:
1. Classic oats porridge: Oats porridge can be prepared in few minutes with milk of your choice and some water ! You can either mash in some fruits along with porridge or chop them in fancy shapes and add it on top. Remember to include some super foods like milled flax, hemp hearts or chia seeds for that extra dash of goodness. It’s always advisable to not use flavoured oats as they might carry some added sugar. Instead, you can stir in some maple syrup or honey (not for babies under 1) for sweetness.
2. Simple oats porridge bars: this is Tara’s most favourite way to eat oats. Recipe:
• In a square dish, add oats. Add the exact amount of milk or just enough milk to cover the oats. You can stir in some cocoa powder or mashed berries of your choice !
• Microwave for 30 seconds to start with. Open the microwave door for 2 seconds, close it and cook again at intervals of 30 seconds. Usually it’s ready in 2 minutes, but keep an eye. The reason for not microwaving it continuously is to avoid the oats getting burned or turning hard.
• Let it cool for 5-10 minutes. With a knife, chop into squares, lift each square gently with a spoon and serve.
If you’re using regular porridge oats, it should be done in 2-3 minutes, depending on power of microwave. If you’re using thicker oats like rolled oats, soak it in milk for 10 minutes before popping it in microwave so that it’s softer for kids.
3. Oats cups: have some leftover porridge or are your kids not comfortable with the texture of porridge? Muffin them ! This is a real treat !!
Mix the ingredients below, transfer to muffin cases and bake at 175 degrees Celsius for 12 minutes or until golden on top and oats well baked:
1. 1 cup leftover porridge or prepared porridge
2. 1 tbsp oats to garnish
3. Seeds to garnish
4. 1.5 tsp baking powder
5. 3 tbsp peanut butter
6. 3 tbsp goji berries – dried
4. Oats smoothie popsicles: blend oats with your child’s favourite fruits and a splash of milk and Greek yoghurt. My daughter is sometimes fussy to drink smoothie so I pop them in a popsicle mould! It’s an excellent summer snack and perfect soother for teething babies.
5. Oats fudge: oh your kids will love this ! This is a delicious treat !
Blitz together until all ingredients come together like a massive ball:
1. 1/2 cup oats
2. 1/4 cup maple syrup
3. 1/4 cup peanut butter
4. 2 tbsp chia seeds.
5. 2 tbsp flax meal.
6. 1 tbsp organic cocoa. I used @greenandblacks.
Spread on a square dish. Refrigerate for 15 minutes and cut into squares.
6. Oats granola: a simple, no bake granola that takes 10 minutes to prepare, this is always a big hit at my home. It’s suitable for kids older than 1 year.
1. 1 cup oats
2. 1/4 cup peanut butter
3. 1/4 cup sweet freedom syrup or honey or maple syrup (not for babies under 1).
4. Handful of sunflower seeds
5. Handful of pumpkin seeds
6. Handful of goji berries
7. 3 tbsp chia seeds
1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
2. In a bowl, combine peanut butter and sweet freedom syrup. If the peanut butter is too thick (happens with crunchy variety), microwave it for 15-30 seconds so that it melts.
3. Mix in oats and all the other fixings stated above.
4. Spread on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 7-10 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool. As it cools, granola becomes crunchy.
Or, you can simply pop it the microwave and heat at regular intervals until oats gets roasted. Alternatively, switch on the pan and roast on low heat.
7. Oats balls/fingers: a perfect snack that’s full of goodness. With some add ons like nuts, cardamom and cocoa powder, this makes a perfect snack anytime of the day and anywhere !
Blitz together and make into balls:
1. 1/2 cup oats
2. 1 tbsp peanut butter
3. 1 tbsp chocolate hazelnut butter
4. 2 tbsp raisins
5. 2 tbsp goji berries
6. 1 tsp chia seeds
8. Chunky oats cookies:
These one bowl cookies are an Internet sensation. All you need are:
• 6 tbsp oats
• 1 tbsp self raising flour
• 1 banana
• Few chocolate chips
• 1 tbsp sugar, optional
Mix these ingredients, divide into balls, flatten and bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes.
They are fudgy, quick to make and so delicious!
Other ways to serve oats:
1. While making panckes, you can use oat flour instead of regular flour. To make oats flour, simply blitz the oats until it’s a fine powder.
2. In deep fried dishes, you can use oats to create a crispy coating instead of sugary corn flakes. It’s a great substitute for panko breadcrumbs.
3. Oats Khichdi is a fantastic way to include oats. Substitute rice with oats, cook along with some vegetables and lentils and there’s a tasty and healthy comfort meal !
4. Overnight oats is another great recipe. It involves no cooking. Simply pop some oats, Greek yoghurt and milk in a jar and refrigerate it overnight. Top it with fruits, maple syrup and super foods like chia seeds and flax meal for a tasty breakfast.